"No one [in the report] comes out clean," so said Channel 2 commentator Amnon Abramovich on Sunday. He is right. That statement includes Abramovich himself, who played an active role in the affair. But that did not stop Channel 2 from billing Abramovich as the man who "exposed the Harpaz document." Let us recall that Abramovich and fellow Channel 2 correspondent Roni Daniel initially described the document as the "Galant document" (implying that it was Yoav Galant, a candidate for the post of Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, who was behind it). Abramovich went even further and presented the forged document as authentic and credible. With a lot of pomp, he declared at the time that the document had come from a "reliable, prolific source" with whom he had been in contact for 30 years. For our part, even back then, we referred to the document as the "Abramovich document."
It isn't Abramovich's imagination that inspires us time after time. It is his political ambition, in the guise of an all-knowing news commentator. It may be that he was so eager to make the document public — doing so before enough time had passed to ensure its authenticity — due to his over-active pseudo-journalistic endeavor: advancing the ideas of a narrow group within the Israeli Left, which, for several decades now, has been dragging us down and endangering our existence.
On Sunday (some two years after the affair broke), the "man who exposed the Harpaz document" patted himself on the shoulder for having exposed it, and preached to everyone. The State Comptroller's Office wasn't bold enough, he contended. "In his interview this weekend with Yedioth Ahronoth, former Israel Security Agency chief Yuval Diskin was much more direct and far bolder," Abramovich, who regularly writes for Yedioth Ahronoth, complained. Tell me who you name-drop and I'll tell you whose side you are on.
It is very possible that the interview with Diskin over the weekend was carefully timed as a preventive measure to minimize the damage of the Harpaz report to Yedioth Ahronoth's darlings. So who did we have in the report? Diskin, former IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi and Abramovich — all of whom are tied to Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon (Noni) Mozes and his group of henchmen. This group has been trying to convince the public that the dangerous people in this country are Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and not the gang that stars in this scathing report.
You didn't really believe that the coddling that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon received from the media ahead of the 2005 Gaza disengagement was a one-time thing, did you? It wasn't. Barak sinned twice: First, he exposed the Israeli Left's Big Lie — that there is a partner for peace — and second, he teamed up with the bane of the Left's and the media's existence — Netanyahu.
The Harpaz document played directly into the hands of Abramovich and his buddies in the media who were hoping to kill two birds with one stone: To punish Barak and to destabilize Netanyahu's government. That is why the document was initially presented as an attempt by Barak's office to undermine Ashkenazi. The state comptroller's report, however, proved that it was the opposite. It also proved how little credibility Abramovich actually possesses.